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Almontasser Commentary.

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Submitted by Ynnatchkah (United States), Jul 16, 2008 at 08:55

Almontasser said:

"If you know me, you'll know I'm extremely fashionable. I wear extravagant jewelry and wear the hijab in different styles.""...

How deep goes her will to lure ignorant minds, towards the idea that b/c she wears some western accessories makes her more western values-thus less Islamist?

In Militant Islam Dr. Pipes writes in the chapter: "…The Western Mind of Militant Islam" about the topic Feminism.

1. "…Perhaps the most striking Westernisms of daily life that Islamists have introduced are associated with women. Taking up the veil and separating women from men may appear to be an archaism, and that is certainly how the Islamists see these acts. Yet Islamists actually espouse an outlook more akin to western Style feminism than anything in traditional Islam"…

2. "…Traditional Muslims men did not take pride in the freedom and independence of their women, but Islamists do"…

3. "…For centuries, a woman's veil served primarily to help retain her virtue; today, it serves the feminist goal of facilitating a career"…"…Whereas other women (with no veil) are harassed in the public sphere, such women (with veil) are honored and even feared"…

"…By the late 80s"…."…Boutiques offer Parisian-style fashions adopted to Islamic modesty standards"…(Saad Eddin Ibrahim)

So Madam Almontasser basically understands the world as easily indoctrinated by her, when thinking that her cool fit conforms with the Westerner Free World style (non islamist-ly connected)

The fact that she wears a hijab in different styles- a trend that started in the 80s in Paris, is deeply honored by Islamists.(she is extremely fashionable- thus following more the western feminism- not totally, just to the measure of pleasing Islamists, that would never accept the non veil manner). Also, the Islamist immigration in France may have triggered this trend for profits.

The fact that she emphasizes that she wears the Hijab " in different styles" makes her more respected and even feared by Islamist and by proxy, the traditional Islamic society.

Her jewelry shows independence in accessories and improvement in her outfit as a result, therefore more akin to the western style feminism, yet espoused by Islamists.

In a nutshell, her freedom and independence is not espoused by traditional Muslims, but highly praised by Islamists.Her "career" is facilitated by the veil.

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